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Operation Breaking Stereotypes
Tracey O'Connell
Friday, February 01, 2019

Leonard Middle School has had an amazing opportunity to work with Connie Carter from Operation Breaking Stereotypes. For the past 15 years Connie Carter has been doing similar work with students from Orono and the Bronx, New York. She is finally realizing her dream of breaking the stereotypes of our local cultures.  Middle school students from Orono, Old Town and Indian Island are getting to know each other and in the process they are breaking down the barriers created by stereotypes. Mrs. O’Connell has the pleasure of supporting a group of students at LMS who are trailblazers in their communities.  They are meeting weekly with Mrs. Carter and Mrs. O’Connell and doing activities such as writing, discussing issues and team building.  We are VERY proud of these students who have agreed to talk about tough local issues.  We have had two meet ups so far:  one at Orono Middle School and most recently at Leonard Middle School.  Our Indian Island meet up is being scheduled.  WE will work on a project together with the theme of music and present this at the Samantha Smith Challenge in June.  Student are very excited to share their experiences and schools with others.  The connections being made by this project will result in communities that understand and care about each other.  TOC